Older People's Reference Group

Steve Thornett

What were your involvements before NDA?

The majority of my working life has been in Sales, Marketing and administration in the Printing and Publishing sector. I had my own business in importing and distributing greeting cards, books and gifts and latterly worked for a large USA company. I have been a School Governor for many years, most recently as Chair at a large local secondary school. Since retiring from full-time work I have become a trustee/director of a number of organisations including a bookshop, church and housing development.

The involvement that now takes up the majority of my time is as Chairman of Eastbourne Seniors Forum, one of seven in East Sussex and part of the national network. Forums provide a voice for seniors in all aspects of life including health, pensions, learning, etc, and work with regional and national authorities and bodies to achieve a better quality of life. I represent the Forum on a number of boards and committees including the local NHS, PCT Age and Healthcare Steering Group.

Why did you join the OPRG?

As Chairman of the Seniors forum I received an enquiry from the NDA programme secretary for interested people to which I replied.

What has been the most rewarding part of being a member of the OPRG?

It’s a bit too early to say as I have only been to one meeting in London but found that very interesting.

What would you like to see the NDA achieve?

Quantifiable and tangible results that improve the quality of life for all older people regardless of ethnicity, disability, culture, social status or regional area.

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